Language and Culture in La Rioja, Spain
Summer: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Six credit hours
Tuesday, December 5
UC 2.03.06 (Ash Room)
Alongside students from around the world, you will study Spanish language and culture in Logroño, the capital city of the northern Spanish province of La Rioja. Known as Spain's wine country, La Rioja is also the birthplace of the oldest known written records of Spanish and is crossed by the famous pilgrimage trail, the Camino de Santiago. Logroño, a walkable and friendly city of just over 150,000, offers the parks and plazas, historic cathedrals, and tapa restaurants to make you quickly feel at home.
See a video of students on the program talking about their experience here.
You will study in the Universidad de La Rioja, a public university of 6,000 students located near the city center of Logroño. Universidad de La Rioja teaches five levels of their language and culture course that counts for 6 UTSA credits. See below for how the courses transfer back to UTSA. At the beginning of the program, you will receive a Spanish language placement test that will determine the level of the course you will take. Rioja's specialized teaching staff prides itself on offering small class sizes and personal attention to help you improve your language skills in all areas and advance your understanding of life in Spain. Your courses will take place Monday through Friday in the morning and in the afternoon you will participate in cultural activities and excursions around and outside of Logroño.
| Rioja Course
|| UTSA Equivalent
| A1 - Beginner
|| SPN 1014 & SPN 1xx2
| A2 - Elementary
|| SPN 1024 & SPN 11x2
| B1 - Intermediate
|| SPN 2013 & SPN 2xx3
| B2 - Upper Intermediate
|| SPN 2023 & SPN 21x3
| C1 - Advanced
|| SPN 3063 & SPN 3xx3
Activities and Excursions
The program includes an arrival orientation that will cover all the important cultural, logistical, and safety aspects for your time in La Rioja. At the end you will share a farewell meal with your fellow participants. All program excursions will occur in the afternoons from Monday through Thursday. You will have Friday afternoon through the weekend for personal time to spend with your host family, explore Logroño, and travel to nearby parts of Spain, such as Pamplona and San Sebastián. Common program excursions are:
You will live with a local host family, giving you the opportunity to practice your language skills and connect with local people. You will complete a questionnaire that the program will use to assign you to a host family. The host families have previous experience housing international students and are carefully selected and supervised by the program.
How to Apply
All program applicants must click the Apply Now button (found near the top of the page) and complete the application requirements by the deadline. By clicking Apply Now, the application system will display the requirements for your program application.
Cost, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
To see the cost of the program, click on the Budget link at the top of the page. If you receive financial aid, you should contact UTSA One Stop to learn about how your aid may apply to cover study abroad expenses. Be sure to apply for UTSA and external scholarships.
Contact UTSA Education Abroad
Page quick link: http://studyabroad.utsa.edu/?go=RiojaSpain